Gmail Notes.

Starting the Tech Ideas Sub-Blog with something that I came across in the past week. Yes, pretty random, but do expect all posts under this category to be very random & at times very brief. I would like to use this forum more to convey these ideas to the people who are actually creating these platforms and/or to debate over whether it is a viable option to go forward with, or if something like this already exists.

I didn’t use Gmail much before – only accessing the mails through desktop email clients, but since now my company email is hosted with Google, I’m using Gmail quite a lot for the past few weeks. While writing/sending/receiving mails is very easy I kind of miss not having a Notes section (Outlook has one). Though one could use the Google Drive to write down texts which one randomly comes up with – but the ease of adding a note just there is one feature which could be great for Gmail.

How many times have you thought that this email needs to be followed up & you type in your notes pertaining to your follow up in your diary or probably planner ? Many times I would say for people who have to screen through SO many mails in a day – which at times are a huge mix of important, urgent & personal ! And though there are options like the Evernote – where you can readily write notes and then arrange them by categories, but then that takes one to a different application ecosystem – transition to which might even cause the thought to vanish off – or probably one might want to skip the labour of opening yet another application for something that one should have essentially used the human memory for ! [ (1) Yes there are people SO lazy – me for example ! :P (2) Given the crazy lifestyle & information overload nowadays, it has become impossible to remember each & every thought that one might come up with – the reason many still carry a small pocket notebook with them.]

What I suggest is having a Notes section in Gmail, something ingrained in the same panel just like the Chat feature. So when you want to add a note, you just click on “Add Note” option on the sidebar and a pop up window or a modal/modeless box opens, enabling the user to write the note & save it. It can also be a tray element in the bottom (like the tasks box in Gmail) – so that when one thinks of referring back to it or editing it – it becomes easy to access it.

Further, it would be great if Google can give us an option of connecting a Note to an Email. In the sense, a brief note to remind anything pertaining to the mail. So when we are reading the mail, we can actually just click on the “Add Note” button (somewhere near the “Send” button of the mail) and add a quick note, something which mentions any prompt thought you had in regards to that mail. This note remains with you & is not visible to anybody else that the mail is marked to or the person it came from – so you can very easily write down anything – from mail observations to event planning – anything in the prompt Note ! Something which will also help you in remembering an important discussion even after months of receiving that mail. Now this feature is not there in Outlook also, or any other mail client I’ve used till now, so that’s a good marketing feature for Gmail ! (Do guide me if there’s one which I never came across ! :P )

All these notes can then also be visible from a Notes section – all notes including the ones connected to the emails. With the option of categories/tags it would also make it easy for us to sort the notes under various different labels – another for-reference technique for later connect.

So how do you find the idea ? Is there something like this already there ? Worth a try ? Do forward to a Gmail developer so that it’s use can be seen ! ;)

And till I come up with yet another post under this category – bon appetit – pertaining to an appetite for ideas ! :D

Starting a sub-blog for tech ideas ! Yayy ! :D

As a matter of fact, I’ve always been writing down something or the other in relation to the websites or softwares – better to say any IT – that I’ve used extensively or that has excited me so much that I’ve thought of other uses or feature additions for the same. To give out a personal habit of long, I’ve a huge notes section in my Outlook that has all these notes – ranging from small one line hints to a long 2-3 para idea verbal – all sectioned under what could possibly be yet another feature addition.

But these have often been just there – hidden under layers of protection. Apart from the spiked-energy-and-passion-level times when I’ve gone to the extent of posting these as feedback on the concerned sites, many still lay unheard of or unspoken of. Mostly due to the lazy me. Yeah, it takes a lot of time figuring out where the Feedback link is in most sites ! In fact even Facebook lacks a direct Feedback link on the homepage. Which though might have been intentionally not posted there to avoid spam – it surely makes people like me keep thoughts to themselves – internal dialogue on the feedback – period.

Thankfully internal dialogue only interests to a wee-bit time – not more. The reason I thought I should share some of that “treasure” (killed modesty ! :P ) so that probably somehow it comes into use – some day – or till the time I myself don’t make use of it in any of my own product designs ! :D

So starting this month (yes, I deliberately delayed this post to 2nd April ! ;) ) I would be posting about any idea that clicks me for the sites I visit or any application I use.  Also, do spare me if you see social networking sites mentioned or talked about more than needed – they essentially form a great deal of my job profile for long now !

And taking the liberty of the Monday morning blues transferring to Tuesday – I think I can delay the first post in this section till the weekend or till yet another energy-spike doesn’t occur – which forces me to type out the “idea” (I like this word – a thought seems grand this way ! :D ) even during office hours ! The wait won’t be long ! ;)

Till then, all be well in love & tech ! ;)